22 Reasons 2016 Was The Worst Year

  1. Trump Becoming President:
    • Here are 24 things that Trump believes in: The US should use waterboarding, Mexico should pay for the “great, great wall”, Muslims should not be admitted to the US, Arab-Americans cheered the attacks on 9/11, Obamacare is a “disaster”, Climate change is just “weather”, The world would be better off if Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi were still in power, Illegal migrants should be deported, Syrian refugees could be a “Trojan horse”, Vladimir Putin is a “leader”, Taxes should be reduced for everyone,Hedge fund managers are “getting away with murder”, China should be taken to task on a number of trade-related issues, The Black Lives Matter movement is “trouble”, He’s worth $10bn, Veteran healthcare in the US needs a major overhaul, Lobbyists should be more restricted, He is a “really nice guy”, He could not have groped an unattractive woman, Tokyo and Seoul should build up nuclear arsenals, The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Nato) is a “rip-off”, Doctors should be punished for administering abortions, The Republican National Committee’s rules were “stacked against him”, and The federal minimum wage should be raised.Image result for trump's beliefs
  2. Killer Clown Sightings:
    • You may have taken this as a joke but I think some people took it too far. Clown hysteria has taken the country by storm, fueling both fear and fascination while prompting calls for calm from police departments and even from the master of horrors, Stephen King. Not only was there a Clowns Lives Matter Movement from these incidences, but there were actually terrified people out there. This became a national phenomenon, with scary clown sightings reported in more than two dozen states from Alabama to Wisconsin. While many were hoaxes, a handful of the incidents resulted in arrests where at least seven people face felony charges of making a terrorist threat connected to “clown-related activity.”Image result for scary clowns
  3. Mohammad Ali Death:
    • Boxing legend Muhammad Ali died at age 74 of septic shock after spending five days at an Arizona hospital for what started out as respiratory problems and gradually worsened. Image result for muhammad ali death
  4. Zika Virus:
    • Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. It can also be passed from a man through his sperm. Worst part is there is no vaccine or medicine for Zika. Image result for zika virus
  5. Prince’s Death:
    • Singer and Songwriter Prince was found dead at 57 in an elevator inside his Paisley Park home in April. The artist, who pioneered “the Minneapolis sound” and took on the music industry in his fight for creative freedom, died from pills that contained fentanyl. But they were wrongly labeled as hydrocodone and the may have been mislabeled by a pharmaceutical manufacturer, or the pills may have been illegally manufactured and obtained illegally.Image result for prince death
  6. Record HOT Temperatures:
    • Two key climate change indicators-global surface temperatures and Arctic sea ice extent-have broken numerous records through the first half of 2016, according to NASA analyses of ground-based observations and satellite data. Each of the first six months of 2016 set a record as the warmest respective month globally in the modern temperature record, which dates to 1880. The six-month period from January to June was also the planet’s warmest half-year on record, with an average temperature 1.3 degrees Celsius (2.4 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than the late nineteenth century. And Trump still doesn’t even believe in this so it’s just going to get worse.Image result for 2016 record high temperatures
  7. Coral Reefs Death:
    • An estimated 30 million small-scale fishermen and women depend on reefs for their livelihoods, more than one million in the Philippines alone. In Indonesia, fish supported by the reefs provide the primary source of protein. Bleaching occurs when high heat and bright sunshine cause the metabolism of the algae — which give coral reefs their brilliant colors and energy — to speed out of control, and they start creating toxins. The polyps recoil. If temperatures drop, the corals can recover, but denuded ones remain vulnerable to disease. When heat stress continues, they starve to death. Damaged or dying reefs have been found from Réunion, off the coast of Madagascar, to East Flores, Indonesia, and from Guam and Hawaii in the Pacific to the Florida Keys in the Atlantic. Some 620 miles of reef, much of it previously in pristine condition, had suffered significant bleaching.Image result for coral reef death

  8. Gene Wilder’s Death:
    • Jerome Silberman, known professionally as Gene Wilder, was an American film and theater comic actor, screenwriter, film director, and author. Passing away at the age of 83 from complications with Alzheimer’s Disease on August 29th, 2016; was a shock to many. This famous actor stared in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Bonnie and Clyde, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex, Alice in Wonderland, and the list goes on. We will miss his quirky acting skills and dedication to the acting world. Image result for gene wilder famous movies
  9. Syrian Refugee Crisis:
    • An estimated 11 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of the civil war in March 2011. Now, in the sixth year of war, 13.5 million are in need of humanitarian assistance within the country. Among those escaping the conflict, the majority have sought refuge in neighbouring countries or within Syria itself. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 4.8 million have fled to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq, and 6.6 million are internally displaced within Syria. To view the timeline of events that are still happening in 2016, check this website out.
  10. Harambe’s Death:
    • On May 28, 2016, a three-year-old boy climbed into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and was grabbed and dragged by Harambe, a 17-year-old Western lowland gorilla. Fearing for the boy’s life, a zoo worker shot and killed Harambe. The incident was recorded on video and received broad international coverage and commentary, including controversy over the choice to kill Harambe. A number of primatologists and conservationists wrote later that the zoo had no other choice under the circumstances, and that it highlighted the danger of zoo animals in close proximity to humans and the need for better standards of care. And for the election, Harambe had an estimated 11,000-15,000 votes for President. Oh how privileged some must feel to vote for a dead gorilla…RIP.Image result for harambe
  11. Brock Turner:
    • People v. Turner, formally People of the State of California v. Brock Allen Turner (2015), was a criminal case filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court which convicted Brock Allen Turner of three counts of felony sexual assault. Turner was a student athlete at Stanford University on January 18, 2015, when he sexually penetrated an intoxicated and unconscious 22-year-old woman. The trial began on March 14, 2016, and concluded on March 30, 2016, with Turner’s conviction on the three remaining charges of felony sexual assault. The convictions carried a potential sentence of 14 years in prison. Prosecutors recommended six years in prison while probation officials recommended a “moderate” county jail sentence. On June 2, 2016, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge sentenced Turner to six months confinement in the Santa Clara County jail to be followed by three years of probation. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender and participate in a sex offender rehabilitation program. The case had become “the latest, controversial episode in an ongoing debate sweeping the U.S. about rape culture, privilege in the criminal justice system, and campus safety. And somehow this scumbag still got out of jail with a hand slap while this woman is suffering a traumatic experience for the rest of her life. Image result for brock turner
  12. Orlando Club Shooting:
    • On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a terrorist attack/hate crime inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States. He was shot and killed by Orlando Police Department (OPD) officers after a three-hour standoff. Pulse was hosting Latin Night and most of the victims were Latino. It was both the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter and the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in United States history. It was also the deadliest terrorist attack in the United States since the September 11 attacks in 2001.Related image
  13. Oil Spills:
    1. On September 12, 2016, Colonial Pipeline, headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, “is the largest U.S. refined products pipeline system and can carry more than 3 million barrels of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel between the U.S. Gulf Coast and the New York Harbor area.
    2. On July 21, 2016, Husky Energy Inc. says the pipeline failure that dumped 225,000 litres of heavy crude near and into the North Saskatchewan River in July was caused by ground movement triggered by heavy rain and weak soil conditions.
    3. On May 12, 2016, a release of oil from subsea infrastructure on Shell’s Brutus oil rig released 2,100 barrels of oil. This leak created a visible 2 mile by 13 mile oil slick in the sea about 97 miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana, according to the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.Image result for oil spill 2016
  14. David Bowie’s Death:
    • On 10 January 2016, English singer, songwriter and actor David Bowie died at his New York City apartment, after having liver cancer for the past 18 months. His death occurred two days after the release of his twenty-fifth studio album, Blackstar, which coincided with his 69th birthday. His most popular music being Space Oddity in 1969, Under Pressure in 1982, and Let’s Dance in 1983.Image result for david bowie death
  15. Pokémon Go:
    1. Released in selected countries in July 2016, in the game, players use a mobile device’s GPS capability to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, who appear on the screen as if they were in the same real-world location as the player. It was credited with popularizing location-based and augmented reality gaming, promoting physical activity, along with helping local businesses grow. However, it attracted controversy for contributing to accidents and becoming a public nuisance at some locations {because America can’t have anything good}.Image result for pokemon go accident
  16. Vanity Sizing:
    • Vanity and inconsistent sizing is, unfortunately, not a unique issue: You’d be hard-pressed to find a universal size 4, 6, or 8 across various retailers found on your average mall floor plan. But the fact that within 2 years, a woman posted a picture on Facebook comparing two shorts, one a size 4 and the most recent a size 10. Yes, vanity sizing has been happening for decades, but the fact of the matter is, woman are being criticized more and more for their looks. They do “retail therapy” to make them feel better. The last thing they want to do is go into a store and try on their usual size just to find out they don’t fit in it. That size does matter to that woman. It can ruin someones day knowing they went up 6 sizes. So why is this still happening in 2016? Profit. Fucking profit.Image result for vanity sizing 2016
  17. Sea World:
    • On March 9, 2016, announced “Despite the best care available, like all aging animals, he [Tilikum] battles chronic health issues that are taking a greater toll as he ages,” SeaWorld said. “Our teams are treating him with care and medication for what we believe is a bacterial infection in his lungs. However, the suspected bacteria is very resistant to treatment and a cure for his illness has not been found.” Through all the controversy with Sea World and all the negative impact they have had on animals, they are finally going to give up shows…it only took them multiple deaths, traumatic experiences, and animal cruelty to do anything about it.Image result for seaworld controversy 2016
  18. Bee Extinction:
    • Scientists have recently reported that mass extinctions of marine animals may soon be occurring at alarmingly rapid rates than previously projected due to pollution, rising water temperatures and loss of habitat. Many land species also face a similar fate for the same reasons. But perhaps the biggest foreboding danger of all facing humans is the loss of the global honeybee population. The consequence of a dying bee population impacts man at the highest levels on our food chain, posing an enormously grave threat to human survival. Since no other single animal species plays a more significant role in producing the fruits and vegetables that we humans commonly take for granted yet require near daily to stay alive, the greatest modern scientist Albert Einstein once prophetically remarked, “Mankind will not survive the honeybees’ disappearance for more than five years.”Image result for bee extinction
  19. Samsung Phones Explode:
    • Samsung’s Galaxy phones are exploding into flames and are not allowed in work areas or on airplanes. Sporadic reports came in over early September suggesting that the phone’s battery became unstable when fully charged, and could overheat and explode. Then, in early October, replacement Note 7s began to explode or catch fire as well. As of 10 October, eight have hit the press: five in the US, including one on a flight; one in Taiwan; and two in South Korea. Its task now is to prevent the perception spreading that it’s a company that cares more for PR wins than customer safety.Image result for samsung galaxy blow
  20. Flint Water Crisis:
    • The Flint water crisis is a drinking water contamination issue in Flint, Michigan, United States that started in April 2014. After Flint changed its water source from treated Detroit Water and Sewerage Department water (which was sourced from Lake Huron as well as the Detroit River) to the Flint River (to which officials had failed to apply corrosion inhibitors), its drinking water had a series of problems that culminated with lead contamination, creating a serious public health danger. On April 20, 2016, criminal charges were filed against three people in regards to the crisis. They were charged with misconduct in office, conspiracy to tamper with evidence, tampering with evidence, a treatment violation of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act and a monitoring violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act, and admitting to filing false information about lead in Flint water and agreeing to cooperate in other prosecutions. And even though this technically started in 2014, it’s still happening even in 2016.Image result for flint water crisis
  21. American Idol Ends:
    • American Idol ends on its 15th season on April 7th, as we have all watched it the last 15 years and what it has done for typical Americans bringing them to the music industry.”‘Idol’ changed music and pop culture forever…. I mean, to think of the amount of awards these artists have won … ‘Idol’’s been the only show that has figured out how to propel artists into fame and into real success.” It has made David Cook, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood bring wonderful music to our lives. But for some, it has sadly come to an end in 2016.Image result for american idol ends
  22. Disney World Mishap:
    • Two-year-old Lane Graves is dragged underwater by an alligator in the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, part of Walt Disney World. His mangled body is found dead the next day, having died from drowning and blood loss. The 2-year-old boy wanted to build a sandcastle on the beach at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa after stormy weather canceled a scheduled outdoor movie. His father, who was standing nearby with his wife and 4-year-old daughter, heard a splash and turned to see the alligator grab Lane’s head.Image result for disney world alligator attack
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